Bored and tired of visiting run on the mill restaurants and cafes out there? We spill the beans on where to go to if you’re on the hunt for something a little different.
Even if you’re not much of a nature person, chances are you’ll enjoy GRUB in Bishan Park as much as we do. It’s not everyday that you’ll find a restaurant right smack in the middle of a park, and that’s exactly why we love this casual family-friendly bistro. Apart from the picturesque view and lush green surroundings, GRUB is also popular for serving up pocket-friendly grub made with responsible, quality ingredients. Items on the menu include familiar favourites like GRUB 100% Beef Cheeseburger ($13), Churros ($8) as well as more adventurous takes such as Sakura Ebi Pasta($17) and Mentaiko Fries ($9). The breezy alfresco deck is our fave spot for soaking in the evening sun and enjoying that ice-cold beer you totally deserve, while watching the little ones run around in the open.
Cook & Brew
Located on Level 33 of The Westin Singapore, Cook & Brew offers a spectacular city view overlooking Marina Bay. Talk about dining on a whole new level! Known also for having a gorgeous interior that features tons of wood, leather and marble, this gastrobar offers the perfect modern setting to indulge in an array of delicious fusion dishes. On the menu we spy mouth-watering starters such as Whipped Buffalo Milk Ricotta ($14) served with truffle honey and grilled bread. Or you can skip the diet and go right ahead with the playfully named Poutine “Eh” ($16), a satisfying combination of French fries, cheese curds, tender pulled pork and apple and Strongbow gravy. If all that doesn’t sound amazing, we honestly don’t know what else would.
On top of our must-try list is to have a meal on safari, with herds of giraffes and elephants roaming about in the wild. While you can’t really get that here, the closest thing we’ll possibly find is having the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife at the local zoo. Another one for nature-lovers, this experience at the popular Ah Meng restaurant allows you to dine with free-roaming orang utans, without any glass doors or barriers. No physical contact allowed, but you can get close to them for a photo!
Who says bigger is always better? Good things can also come in small packages, especially if you’re talking about the new dining in a cup concept by fusion restaurant Museo. Here you’ll get a wide range of exotic flavours like Lavender prawns or Chicken liver bacon roll, all served in elegant transparent cups. Apart from offering a gorgeous backdrop of the marina, this restaurant is also known for its East meets West fusion cusine. That’s not all- you get to paint (don’t worry, all equipment provided) with a small top up fee if you spend above $40 in a bill. We can easily spend the whole afternoon here!
NOX – Dine in the Dark
If you have a thing for mystery and surprise, you’ll be in for a treat at this Beach Road restaurant. A unique concept of dining in absolute darkness, NOX- Dine in the Dark is every bit of what its name suggests, and much more. Expect a truly unusual experience that involves specially trained blind and visually impaired servers, as well as a pitch-black dining room. We won’t spoil the surprise by telling you more but if we’ve piqued your curiosity, click here to find out what we thought of this!
If dining on ground level sounds too mainstream, try the Premium Sky Dining Flight at the iconic Singapore Flyer, Asia’s largest observation wheel. Set at 165 metres above ground, you get to indulge in a four-course fine dining meal for two (take your pick of either the Western or Chinese menu), with one in-flight host and two rotations (1 hour). Oh, and did we mention you get priority boarding too? If you prefer keeping things a little more exclusive, however, you have the option of booking a private capsule for up to 10 guests. A neat birthday party idea, we think! Prices start from $269++ per couple.
Another noteworthy date night idea is Dining on Cloud 9 at Faber Peak, where you’ll get a taste of dining in the clouds with your significant other, in a private cable car. This spot is also perfect for marriage proposals too, if you’re looking to pop the question. (Good luck from us to you if so!) With such a stunning view overlooking the Sentosa-Harbourfront precint, we reckon it’s hard for the missus to say no! Prices start from $288++ per couple.